Lauritz Christian Andresen Monsen (1840 - 1922)

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Nicknames: "Louis Munsen"
Birthplace: Kristiansand, Vest-Agder, Norway
Death: Died in Brooklyn, NY, USA
Occupation: carpenter
Managed by: Peder Stray
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About Lauritz Christian Andresen Monsen

from Nancy Berg'smemories at

Bedstefar (Lauritz Monsen) also was a devoted son. When his mother rose in the dark winter mornings to go to work, he would get up to accompany her and then go home for breakfast and school.

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Bestafa Munson had a bewiskered face in a massive head set on massive shoulders. He was as strong as an ox. He spent the early part of his life as a ship’s carpenter, sailing the deep blue sea.

On fishing boats, he made many trips to the Lofoton Island fishing grounds. It was a cold, dangerous, and rough sea in the Lofoton, off northern Norway. ....

Bestafa was my father’s father, my paternal grandfather. He came to America and worked as a carpenter until he had saved enough to send for his family. He had rented a modest home in Brooklyn. He had a big family. ....

Bestafa had an accident on a trolley car when he was 80 years old. The trolley was an open trolley with a long running board on the right side running from front to back of the car. Similar to the cable cars at San Francisco with the motorman in front.

The car was not crowded. It was early afternoon. Bestafa sat in a seat near the right side. It was a long seat that reached from side to side without any aisle.. The car was moving pretty fast. Perhaps it was the motorman and conductors last trip of the day. The car hit a switch too fast and jumped the track. Bestafa was thrown out of the car. He landed on his head and shoulder.

The conductor ran to help him up and to find out if he was hurt.

Bestafa just got up shook himself decided to walk the last few blocks. "I’m all right," he told them, as a crowd began to gather. He died several years later, and only then did the doctors discover that he had suffered a broken skull. However his eyesight and hearing began to fail after that.

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Lauritz Christian Monsen's Timeline

January 22, 1840
Kristiansand, Vest-Agder, Norway
February 7, 1865
Age 25
Kristiansand, Vest-Agder, Norway
November 10, 1865
Age 25
Kristiansand, Vest-Agder, Norway
September 28, 1867
Age 27
Kristiansand, Vest-Agder, Norway
January 15, 1870
Age 29
Kristiansand, Vest Agder, Norway
January 22, 1872
Age 32
Kristiansand, Vest-Agder, Norway
April 27, 1874
Age 34
Kristiansand, Kristiansand, Vest-Agder, Norway
February 8, 1878
Age 38
Kristiansand, Vest-Agder, Norge
October 17, 1883
Age 43
Kristiansand, Kristiansand, Vest-Agder, Norway